4.48 Psychose in Belgium
Psychosis performed in French, with Dutch
subtitles, in Antwerp, Belgium. It was on from
15-18 Jan 2003 at De Singel.
director is Claude Régy and the players are
Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Watkins. The
production was previously in Geneva.
17 Jan there was a talk by Matthias Dusesoi
before the performance. There is also a
programme book, in Dutch, which you can download.
on the image for more details.
to Michele for the information.
Crave in USA
in New York by XO Projects and
Theatron in The Old American Can Factory in
Brooklyn. It was on from 17-19 and 24-26
"Five bodies, the
characters and a dancer, trapped in a raw urban
space meet with the audience and share a truth
about human experience. Are they four characters,
or a man and a woman, each cut in half, or
perhaps just one blasted mind? No set, no props,
no special effects, no artificial sound. A
meeting. A crave".
It is directed by Eugenia Tzirtzilake
and performed by Kristen Atkinson, Gian-Murray Gianino,
Vicky Kolovou, Brian Pickett and Katarina Vizina.
We based our interpretation on the
idea that A and B are the same man and C and M
the same woman, but in different phases in their
life, or even in reincarnated forms. A & C is
the young couple; B& M the later one, the
next reincarnation. (Some references out of many,
that led us there: If you commit suicide
youll come back go through it again,
you keep coming back,
havent we been here before?,
you are not my mother - we were many
things. ) As the years have gone by, the
relationships have transformed. A, who is
initially the abuser, ends up in the position of
the victim, through Bs character.
Similarly, C who is the victim at the beginning
of the play, is the one pursuing B at the end
through M. The shape of the relationship is
repeated, like a motif, although the roles are
B is a Boy, not necessarily in age, but in
attitude; he doesnt want to think, he wants
to burn out. A is the Abuser, M craves
Motherhood, and C is the Child, not necessarily
that young, but stuck in the events of her
childhood. In our version, the couples do
interact; for example B warns A not to make the
same mistake, and M tries to protect C as she is
the child inside her.
The space is an old can factory, a
deserted, sparse and dilapidated setting. The
brick walls are all white, with paint peeling off
the damp walls, and the huge factory windows have
all been blocked off. We use one chair as the set
within this space.
In the actors movement we use a lot
of repetition as reoccurrence, and the desire to
break patterns, is something the script evokes,
as the characters seek ways to begin
again and this time make the relationship
work. We also use repetition to specify the
relationships, as the gestures create physical
One of the couples (which means both of
them, as one couple exist inside the other, in
their heads) exist in a psychiatric hospital.
Part of the script is addressed to the audience,
asking for help, understanding or acknowledgment,
part through the walls to the doctors and nurses,
part to each other and part to themselves.
We felt however, that there was another
level to the text that we gain as a reader, but
that can be lost for the viewer. So we added a
dancer to be this abstract and dense level of the
play. She is all the characters; she is the mind
in which Crave occurs. She makes cycles
around them and is invisible to them, as she
represents their internal life: she operates on a
different level of reality. In As monologue
for example, A leaves the room and screams the
monologue to C from the other side of the wall. M
tries to locate the source of the voice in a
systematic way so that she can make it stop. C
knows its in her head and panics; B tries
to pacify her but, as it doesnt work, goes
into the next room, beyond the wall, to fight A,
through which the monologue continues. At this
point the dancer is masturbating on the floor
poised between ecstasy and terror. The dancer
shows the viewer that C cant stop the
pattern she is part of, because thats what
she wants; she craves abuse, as thats what
she has been taught love is, even though,
intellectually, she hates it. (She tells A
you get mixed messages because I have mixed
feelings, or when A lists all the terrible
things hell do to her and ends up saying
I have lost you now, C replays
We also added two musicians in the space,
not to escort the action but to add one more
level. They use the chords of a deconstructed
piano (its like a huge harp), a viola, a
violin and a plastic toy piano among other
At the end all actors walk through the
audience out of the space in ecstasy in the act
of suicide (the door is the one that separates
life from death). The dancer steps into the
center of the space for the first time, dancing
in circular movements as if flying; they are
finally free. As the door slams behind them the
audience is left in silence and darkness.
We too discovered that the audience should
keep a distance from the event in order to
witness it, so we separated them from the
performance space. Weve had one preview so
far and the audience could hardly breathe, even
at the points of humor it was too hard to
to Eugenia for the information.
4.48 Psychosis in Leeds, UK
Leeds University Union Theatre Group put on a
production of 4.48 Psychosis from 12- 15 Feb 2003. This
piece explores the voice of the patient through four
actresses, with one male doctor.
The production was also entered for the National
Student Drama Festival.
Thanks to Libby for the information.
4.48 Psychosis in Oxford, UK
||4.48 Psychosis at the Burton
Taylor Theatre in Oxford.
It was on from
18-22 Feb 2003. Click on the image for
Crave and Phaedra's Love in Ontario,
Crave and Phaedra's Love performed in Ontario
Canada from 11-15 Feb 2003.
It's by Mad Jack McMad, directed by Michael Lenic
and is at The Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario.
Thanks to Mike for the information.
Blasted in Australia
New Theatre in Newtown present Blasted. The director is Luke Rogers, set design is by Emma Child and lightoing by Tony Youlden. The actors are David Ritchie, Janet Chiarabaglio and David Scott.
"This is a work about fragility, survival and hope. A mixture of humour and horror, it raises many questions, but doesn’t necessarily provide any solid answers. Ultimately, Blasted is about a crisis of living. How do we continue to live when life becomes so painful and unbearable?"
Blasted in New Zealand
The New Zealand Premiere of Blasted at
Aucklands SiLO Theatre from 26 Feb 8 Mar
The cast are Josephine Davison, Jeff Gane, Matthew
Sunderland and the director is Michael Lawrence.
"in the small basement theatre (SiLO), set
design is limited however, they are building a
hotel room, and this proves to be a very exciting project
Thanks to Kim for the information.
4.48 Psychose in São Paulo, Brazil
Director Claude Régy and actress Isabelle Huppert
presented 4.48 Psychose in São Paulo from 23-28 Feb at
the Teatro SESC Anchieta, with Portuguese subtitles.
Crave was on in São
Paulo, Brazil in Aug 2002 and Blasted is in Feb 2003.
Thanks to Thereza and
Gustavo for the information.
Crave in Denmark
Crave, in Danish, at
the University of Aarhus in Denmark from
14-16 Mar 2003. It
was played out on a very minimalistic stage, with no
props other than a huge red pillow
in the middle of the stage, around which the action takes
actors are Sune Sörensen (A), Jakob
Thomsen (B), Inge Kraft (C) and Trine Sörnsen (M).
Thanks to Jakob for the information.
Crave in Derby,
Threatre Company put on a production of Crave at
the Derby Playhouse Studio in Derby from 29 Apr -
3 May 2003.
Click on the image for
Thanks to Lewis for the information.
/Cleansed Swiss premiere
Gesäubert (Cleansed) had its Swiss premiere on 3
April 2003 at Theater Neumarkt in Zurich. It played until
14 May 2003.
The translation to German is by Elisabeth Plessen,
Nils Tabert and Peter Zadek.
The actors are Bartosz Kolonko (Graham), Daniel
Rohr (Tinker), Felix Eitner (Carl), Tobias Beyer (Rod),
Helene Grass (Grace), Joseph de Weck (Robin) and Anna
The Director is Christian Pade, Stage design Alexander
Lintl, Music Andreas Guth, Christian Steckroth, Dramaturg
Click on the image for details. Thanks to Uwe
for the information.
Crave in Cork, Ireland
Playgroup in association with Granary presented
Crave at the Granary Theatre, Mardyke, Cork from 29 Apr-
3 May 2003, with the preview 28 Apr. The director is Tom
Ânsia (Crave) in São Paulo, Brazil
Crave performed in Portuguese (Ânsia) in São
Paulo, Brasil at Centro Cultural São Paulo. It was
on from 14 Mar 2003.
The director is Rubens Rusche and the actors are
Laerte Mello, Nádia De Lion, Solânia Queiroz and Bruno
Click on the image for more details. Thanks
to Nádia for the information.
En Manque (Crave) in Monreal, Canada
||Crave be performed in French ('En Manque')
at the MAI Theatre, Montréal, from 15 April to 3
The director is Stacey
Christodoulou of The Other Theatre. The
translation is by Philippe Ducros.
Thanks to Jess
for the information. Click on the image for more
Crave in Fort Worth, USA
FireStarter Productions opened their season with
Crave, 15- 17 May 2003 at the Hayes Theatre in Fort
The cast is David Fluitt (A), Elizabeth Mitchell
(C), Michael Truly (B), Nikki Gonzales (M) and Emili
Directed by Jaime Castaneda, scenic design Nathan
Landrum, lighting design, Cristina Arlauskas, sound
design David Petersen, costume design Jennifer Dasher and
Dramaturg Monique Lara.
Thanks to Jaime for the information.
Crave and Blasted in Mexico: extended
opened in Mexico City from 7-25 Mar at Teatro El
Granero. EXTENDED 14 Mar- 8 Jun 2003,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
There was also be a revival of Blasted
at the same theatre from 10-25 Mar.
EXTENDED 24 Mar- 9 Jun 2002 Mondays.
For both plays: Ignacio Ortiz
is the director and cast members are: Arturo
Ríos (Best actor
2001 for Blasted), Ana Graham (Best young actress
2001 for Blasted), Ari Brickman and Tania
Ruiz (Only in
Its produced by The
British Council in Mexico, Mexicos National Found
for Culture and Arts and Mexicos National Institute
of the Fine Arts.
Thanks to Ana for the information.
Crave and Phaedra's Love student
productions in Northampton UK
||Two student productions by a third year
drama group who have been studying Sarah Kane
plays as part of the Theatre Laboratory
Module. There are two productions at
University Northampton, St Georges Avenue,
- Crave on 9-10 Jun 2003
- Phaedra's Love 11-12 Jun 2003
Phaedra was being jointly directed by Nick
Hook and Lorna Wood and Crave by Mike Hayhurst.
Thanks to Karen for the information.
4.48 Psychose in Linz, Austria
4.48 Psychose (4.48 Psychosis) on at the
Landestheater, Linz in Austria. It was performed on
various dates between 16 May and 14 June 2003.
The cast are Bettina Buchholz, Marianne Hamre,
Silvia Giogner and Sigrun Schneggenburger.
Click on the image for more information.
Thanks to Markus for the information.
Click on the links below for details,
photos etc. Updates, corrections, photos, reviews,
comments etc are welcome.